Apple didn’t fill in all of the details regarding the cellular Apple Watch Series 3, but now we know a little more.
The Apple Watch Series 3 is now official with a built-in LTE chip for the device to operate by itself. The iPhone tether is gone to let you go for a run, enjoy time at the beach, and participate in other activities with only your Apple Watch. You can now make and receive calls, send messages, activate Siri, interact with Maps, connect to third party apps, and access Apple Music with just the Apple Watch and the new cellular connection.
Apple touted the potential, but didn’t give many details beyond the fact that the watch would share your phone number. After the event, TheStreet offered one important detail on whether or not the watch would cost extra on your monthly bill, and if so, how much? AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile revealed that they will charge customers $10 per month for the cellular connectivity of the Apple Watch. Verizon and T-Mobile are planning to offer the first three months for free. No word yet on Sprint’s plans, but they will likely offer the same $10 per month option as the other three. It’s worth noting that the fee is in addition to your current cell phone bill, and on top of the $399 introductory purchase price of the cellular Apple Watch Series 3. The Apple Watch will basically be treated like a cellular iPad, though not quite as expensive per month.
The Apple Watch Series 3 will be available for pre order on September 15th with delivery and in store availability on September 22nd.